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Foo Concepts (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Asian Sweets and Savory Delights

THE STORY

I have been posting about a lot of ramen spots lately, so I wanted to write about somewhere else I've been, so that you know that I know that ramen isn't the only Asian food out there. (Though it is oh so delicious...)

Egg puff waffles seem to be very popular these days (see my post about chicken n' waffles at Nomo Rotterdam). Pictures of them used as cones are common across Instagram, though I hadn't seen any tagged near me - that is, until I learned about Foo Concepts.

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Foo Concepts is a small, vibrant spot on Hoogstraat in the Rubroek neighborhood of Rotterdam. The handful of tables they have are low to the ground, with stools and benches for seating. One wall has a huge mural of their logo creature dressed as various beloved anime characters.

To me, this feels like a neighborhood cafe because it's unique. It doesn't look like anywhere else I've been in the city, and it certainly doesn't serve the same menu. Foo Concepts doesn't blend into the monotony of coffee spots scattered throughout the urban landscape. It's a destination, but also still a place to stumble upon.

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THE REVIEW

The fact that this is a cafe should not have you believe that you will eat lightly here (though you could, I guess). The Ramen Marauder and I ordered quite the variety: a matcha latte bubble tea, a taro latte bubble tea, a California sushi sandwich, a dijon chicken egg waffle, and a pulled pork egg waffle. While he prefers sweet and I prefer savory, the dijon chicken and the pulled pork were great compromises for lunch.

As a fan of onigiri and the sushi burrito trend, I loved the California sushi sandwich. It's dense, but the flavors are fresh - the rice, the nori, the cucumber, even the imitation crab. Have you ever described a sandwich as "refreshing"? And it's filling, too.

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The egg waffle dishes were also quite substantial, though I expected the egg puffs to be less airy and crunchy. It was perfect, however, for the meats and sauces because the egg waffle never became soggy. The Marauder and I agreed that the dijon chicken was our favorite of the two, but we're picky about pulled pork (if you come from the American South, you may think the pork is too dry).

We haven't had a chance to try the sweet egg waffles yet, but hopefully there will be a follow-up post soon, because I can't wait to go back!


Foo Concepts, Hoogstraat 67A, 3011 PH Rotterdam, Netherlands, +31 6 83057144

Codung Sushi (Nuremberg, Germany): From Rumor to Reality

THE STORY

Côdung Sushi was recommended to us by DTV: Daniel Television (a.k.a. Taylor Made to Travel) at the beginning of 2018. While Nuremberg isn't far, our first opportunity to try it was when we went to see Avengers: Infinity War at the end of April.

Nuremberg has one of two theatres in the area that shows Original Versions (OV) of American films; however, it only shows OVs of select blockbusters, and the screenings are limited. For example, there will be at least one OV screening per night of the opening weekend, but after that, there may be only one OV screening per week.

We expected Avengers: Infinity War to be a big deal, but there was only one OV screening scheduled for its opening weekend: Thursday, April 24 at 11:45 p.m. in Nuremberg. On one hand, it was daunting that we wouldn't get home until around 4:30 a.m. On the other hand, it meant we could finally try Côdung.

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THE REVIEW

Located just inside the perimeter of the Mitte, our table was on the second floor of the modestly-sized establishment. We each ordered our own appetizers and sushi platters: I had the spring rolls and a "Menü 7," while the Ramen Marauder had the seaweed salad and the...well, I'll get to that. The Menü 7 consisted of a California roll (4 pieces), a salmon roll (4 pieces), and then 2 pieces each of salmon, tuna, kingfish, and bream nigiri. It also came with a salad of mostly shredded daikon and a couple leaves of lettuce. It was all light, refreshing, and filling (in the way that sushi can be filling). And for those who care, the crab in the California roll was imitation.

The Ramen Marauder ordered the fried spicy tuna roll, but he also received the fried tuna crunch roll. We were all quite curious as to what it was: it had a green-tinted outside layer, and none of us had ordered anything like it as far as we knew. It turned out the color came from green rice flakes, not wasabi, and it was filled with cooked tuna, Japanese mayo, avocado, cucumber, and roasted onions. I didn't know what it was until later, but to me, it tasted like chicken salad in a sushi roll.

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If you have friends who are hesitant about going to a sushi restaurant, this may be a good place for compromise. In addition to their raw and cooked sushi options, they also have a selection of noodle and rice dishes. A friend of ours had the Bun Bo Nam Bo (vermicelli noodle salad topped with seasoned beef, coriander/cilantro, and roasted onions), which he seemed to enjoy thoroughly.


Côdung Sushi, Färberstr. 43, 90402 Nürnberg, Deutschland, +49 911 48 97 34 69